Eye emergencies


McKinnon Eye Clinic provides emergency eye diagnosis and treatment.

If you have an urgent eye problem, we will endeavour to see you on the same day if at all possible. If you are unable to contact us, please contact the Emergency Department at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, 32 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne. Alternatively, you may wish to try another private ophthalmology clinic in your area.


What types of emergencies does McKinnon Eye Clinic treat?

Examples include:

  • Sudden reduction in vision

  • Other sudden visual symptoms (for instance new onset flashes and floaters, double vision)

  • Significant eye pain 

  • Infections of the eyes and eyelids

  • Eye injuries and accidents

  • Contact lens related complication

I have an emergency. What should I do about a referral?

If you have an eye related medical emergency, you may not need a referral for the emergency visit, only for subsequent ones.

Is McKinnnon Eye Clinic available to see emergency patients?

Yes, we are available during working hours and, in some cases, even after hours or on weekends. You may ring us to check availability after hours or on weekends/holidays. We will endeavour to accommodate you if we can.